Samsung Galaxy A12 Review: Aside from releasing flagship devices, Samsung is also good at releasing mid-range phones. And the Samsung Galaxy A12 is one of the latest mid-range phones from the company.
The price of the Galaxy A12 is about $157, 67,000 Naira. With all the features it offers and the brand name, we decided to do a full review of the Galaxy A12. And we found some interesting things that we’ll be sharing with you guys. Lets give you a round up of the specifications of this phone.
This phone has 4GB RAM, 64GB Internal storage with space for storage expansion via microSD card. You also get a 48MP quad rear camera with 8MP front camera (camera details below). Then there is USB type-C port, 3.5MM jack and a MediaTek Helio P35 chipset (chipset details below).
Before we begin, we’ll like to tell you the unboxing experience to enable get familiar with what is inside the box when you purchase the Galaxy A12.
Samsung Galaxy A12 Unboxing
Unboxing the Galaxy A12, inside the box you only have a pair of earpiece, a 15W fast charge and a USB type-C cable. No plastic back cover and there is no screen protector. Just a couple of buyers guide you’ll see.
There is also a sim ejector tool. Basically that is all Samsung s giving you when you buy the Galaxy A12.
Galaxy A12 Review: Battery and Software
Then phone with a 5000mAh battery which can be fully charged within 2 hours 15 minutes. The battery also last about 12 hours screen on time. Well, you can’t drain the battery in a day if you are normal user.
But, when you start playing games, browsing, watching video all at same time then you might just end up draining the battery after 12 hours. It’s still a pretty good considering the fact that you won’t be pressing your phone 12 hours straight.
However, if by any means you press phone that long, then know that you might want to charge the battery after 10 hours of use.
In the software category, the phone runs Android 10 out of the box paired with Samsung One UI skin software. You’ll get a pretty smooth user experience when using the device.
Samsung Galaxy A12 Review: Chipset, CPU and Performance
The chipset used inside this phone is the MediaTek Helio P35. It has an octa core processor with a CPU clocked at 2.3GHz and a IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU clocked at 680MHz. This Helio P35 SoC is good but there are concerns.
You see, the Helio P35 SoC uses an older CPU and GPU. Which means that you won’t be getting that extra speed when playing games. Yes, the chipset supports network connectivity up to 4G but with older CPU cores accessing the internet will still be slower.
With an older chipset, CPU cores and GPU, where does that leave the performance of the phone?
Well, from our review of the Galaxy A12, the overall performance of the device is slow. You won’t get that extra juice when playing heavy games as there are bounds to be lags here and there. And if you over load the device with game playing, the chipset will get heated up quickly.
So, if you need an advice. When you buy this device, don’t games extensively with the phone. Also expect a slower performance when it come to playing games and performing heavy graphics work.
Samsung Galaxy A12 Review: RAM and Camera
There is 4GB of RAM which is just enough for multi-tasking. And there is 64GB internal storage which is okay for storing your files but if you need more you can slot in a microSD card. Now lets talk about the camera of this device.
You’ll enjoy a 48MP main camera, 5MP ultra wide, 2MP depth and 2MP macro lens at the back. While you get an 8MP front camera. Both the 48MP and 8MP camera can shoot video at 1080p 30fps.
There is no OIS, gyro-EIS and there is no telephoto lens. As for the qualities of the pictures, well its average and you can watch the full review video below to see sample photos.
Galaxy A12 Review Video
Overall, from the review of the Samsung Galaxy A12, the phone is actually overrated. The choice of chipset is one reason why there is a drop in performance of the phone. Compare with the Galaxy A11, there is an upgrade but compare with devices from other brands, the device is no upgrade.